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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:50 am 
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I think they are crazy. Jaire Alexander getting picked 15 picks before Denzel Ward. Fitzpatrick will go in the top 12 picks.

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For a site I don't trust/like they nailed this one...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2752 ... -prospects

1st-Round Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

3. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

4. Cleveland Browns (via HOU): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

5. Denver Broncos: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

9. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

10. San Francisco 49ers: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

11. Miami Dolphins: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

12. Cincinnati Bengals: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

13. Washington Redskins: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

14. Green Bay Packers: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

16. Baltimore Ravens: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

18. Seattle Seahawks: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

19. Dallas Cowboys: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

20. Detroit Lions: Arden Key, DE, LSU

21. Buffalo Bills: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

22. Atlanta Falcons: Derwin James, SS, FSU

23. Tennessee Titans: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

24. Carolina Panthers: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

25. Buffalo Bills (via KC): Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

26. New Orleans Saints: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

27. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

28. Los Angeles Rams: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS, Alabama Would Absolutely Love This

30. Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price, OL, Ohio State

31. Philadelphia Eagles: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

32. New England Patriots: Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama


This is laughable. Fitzpatrick won't last pick 10 (if that). If he made it to 15, I would trade whatever you need to that allows him to be a Steeler.


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Steelafan77 wrote:
For a site I don't trust/like they nailed this one...http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2752 ... -prospects

1st-Round Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

3. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

4. Cleveland Browns (via HOU): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

5. Denver Broncos: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

9. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

10. San Francisco 49ers: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

11. Miami Dolphins: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

12. Cincinnati Bengals: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

13. Washington Redskins: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

14. Green Bay Packers: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

16. Baltimore Ravens: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

18. Seattle Seahawks: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

19. Dallas Cowboys: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

20. Detroit Lions: Arden Key, DE, LSU

21. Buffalo Bills: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

22. Atlanta Falcons: Derwin James, SS, FSU

23. Tennessee Titans: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

24. Carolina Panthers: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

25. Buffalo Bills (via KC): Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

26. New Orleans Saints: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

27. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

28. Los Angeles Rams: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS, Alabama Would Absolutely Love This

30. Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price, OL, Ohio State

31. Philadelphia Eagles: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

32. New England Patriots: Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama


The bad news is that a mock where Harold Landry goes 7th overall and Fitzpatrick lasts till 29 was written and emailed from Bizarro World. Goedert going Round One is pretty funny, too, in addition to the assorted lunacy mentioned in previous posts.


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Jerome Baker just declared for the draft. Athletic OLB from Ohio State, 6'1", 225. Currently projected as a 3rd rounder. Yeah, it's a little sentimental.


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Sam Darnell,
Barkley.
Miles Garret
Njoko
Josh Gordon
Jabrill Peppers
Duke Johnson.

Accumulating some nice talent

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I knew y'all would blow gaskets. Too bad it wasn't April 1st... :lol:

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Another one I wanted to share....https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/new ... n-barkley/

1. Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold, QB, USC. I still think the Browns will add a quarterback in free agency and wouldn't be surprised if that guy is Alex Smith. Darnold's excellent skill set could be harnessed in his first year in the NFL and learning from Smith would be ideal for him and the future of the Browns organization.

2. New York Giants
Connor Williams, OT Texas. GM Dave Gettleman gave quite a vote of confidence to Eli Manning, and the former was a part of the Giants organization a good chunk of Eli's prime, so it's not as if he's not tied to the quarterback. Williams is coming off an injury but had outstanding tape in 2016 at the left tackle spot.

3. Indianapolis Colts
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. The offensive line is probably a bigger priority right now, and the Colts can address that in free agency. With Barkley, they get a fun, elite-level skill-position player to take pressure off Andrew Luck in his return from the sidelines.

4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans)
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. A mammoth offensive lineman with premier blocking skills and improving pass-protecting sets, Brown is the perfect player to be groomed for the left tackle position behind Joe Thomas.

5. Denver Broncos
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. There's a chance the Broncos trade up a few spots to secure Rosen, but in this mock without trades, they land him at No. 5, which isn't far-fetched anyway, especially if he gets past the Giants at No. 2. Rosen has been an alpha quarterback since high school, something John Elway knows a lot about.

6. New York Jets
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. Mayfield doesn't come without controversy, from his off-field mishap to his on-field celebrations. The truth is that he was an super-efficient passer at Oklahoma and has moxie that'll be fun for fans in New York City.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. I'll be surprised if it's not a pass-rusher or cornerback here for the Buccaneers, and while Minkah Fitzpatrick is appealing, Chubb's ready to be a star immediately in the NFL and will significantly help the back-end players in Tampa.

8. Chicago Bears
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. The nightmare with Kevin White doesn't stop the Bears from picking Sutton here, a 6-foot-4 wideout with open-field elusiveness and jump-ball dominance. Mitchell Trubisky gets the top receiver he needs.

9. San Francisco 49ers
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame. The Jimmy Garoppolo era is ready to take off for a full season in San Francisco, and with Nelson, the 49ers get the blocker with the most impressive collegiate film in the 2018 class. He'll help the run game and limit pressure up the middle on Jimmy G.

10. Oakland Raiders
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. Derrick Brooks was a key cog in Gruden's legendary Buccaneers defense, and while Smith has a long way to go before reaching Brooks-level status, he brings a Brooks-like combination of speed and power at the inside linebacker spot.

11. Miami Dolphins
Derwin James, S, Florida State. The Dolphins are shifting to a secondary with athleticism and length. Xavien Howard came into his own down the stretch, and Cordrea Tankersley looks like a capable No. 2 cornerback. At safety, Reshad Jones is underrated but he'll be 30 next month. James is a do-everything safety prospect.

12. Cincinnati Bengals
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame. McGlinchey is ready to pave lanes for the run game in the NFL right now, and with some coaching, he can be a serviceable pass-blocker. Cincinnati's defense is playoff-caliber, it just needs to control the line of scrimmage on offense like it did early in the Andy Dalton era.

13. Washington Redskins
Taven Bryan, DL, Florida. Bryan is likely to be a draft riser after what should be a strong showing at the combine. With the amount of sub-packages featured up front in today's NFL, a player who's comfortable getting to the quarterback from any spot on the line is very valuable.

14. Green Bay Packers
Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma. With Jordy Nelson nearing the end of his career, the Packers could use more offensive weaponry for the return of Aaron Rodgers. Andrews is a matchup nightmare at 6-foot-5 with impressive athletic gifts after the catch.

15. Arizona Cardinals
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA. The Cardinals are another team that could be in the veteran quarterback market, and even if they don't find their sure-fire starter in free agency, they go the best-player-available route here with Miller, a pro-ready pass blocker with high upside due to his athletic talents.

16. Baltimore Ravens
Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama. Ozzie Newsome again dips into the pool of prospects at his alma mater to find Fitzpatrick, an ultra-versatile back-seven player with refined blitzing capabilities, length to cover big receivers, and the physical talents to range from the deep middle to the sideline. He and Marlon Humphrey are reunited in Baltimore.

17. Los Angeles Chargers
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. The Chargers plan ahead to improve the middle of their defense with Wilkins, a wide block-eater who can also disengage to make impact tackles against the run and occasionally get after the quarterback.

18. Seattle Seahawks
Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa. The Seahawks need to rebuild parts of their famed defense, and Jackson is the type of long, tenacious cornerback who'd fit wonderfully as an eventual replacement for Richard Sherman.

19. Dallas Cowboys
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys go with speed on the outside in Round 1 with Washington. Dez Bryant needs someone like his fellow Oklahoma State alum to draw double coverage away from him. Washington's presence will benefit Dak Prescott too.

20. Detroit Lions
Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. The Lions stay close to home with the Michigan product. Hurst could've entered the 2017 draft, and he probably would've gotten picked in one of the first three rounds. Instead, he stayed in school and fine-tuned his game. He'll star in Detroit right away.

21. Buffalo Bills
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State. Rudolph checks the experience and production boxes Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane like, and they don't have to trade up to get him. He'll have to learn the footwork that's needed when taking snaps from under center, but he's a pocket quarterback first who refined his game in his last season in Stillwater.

22. Buffalo Bills from Chiefs
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. Davenport has all the tools to be a consistent havoc-wreaker off the edge, and Buffalo needs to bolster it's pass-rush. The University of Texas at San Antonio product isn't very raw, either. In college, he displayed a wide variety of counter moves to get to the quarterback, and he's a long, twitchy athlete.

23. Los Angeles Rams
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State. With Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman due to hit free agency, Los Angeles bolsters its secondary with a smaller but productive cornerback in Ward. He thrived in the spotlight in Columbus after the departures of Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley in 2017.

24. Carolina Panthers
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. Ridley is probably the best wideout when it comes to creating separation in the entire class, and that skill is precisely what Carolina needs for Cam Newton to not be forced into a plethora of tight-window throws each game.

25. Tennessee Titans
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma. Okoronkwo atones for his lack of size with explosiveness, bend, and active hands around the corner. He'll be a multi-role player for Dick Lebeau and can be an efficient pass rusher instantly.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. The old-school ways of Tom Coughlin lead him in Allen's direction, and with a stout defense in Jacksonville, the Wyoming product won't have to be a franchise savior right away for the Jaguars.

27. Atlanta Falcons
Vita Vea, DT, Washington. Vea can play high at times, yet that's really his only flaw as a prospect. He's NFL strong, uses his hands extraordinarily well and is essentially immovable at 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds.

28. New Orleans Saints
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech. Edmunds is the type of linebacker the Saints needs, as he can play all three second-level positions and has plenty of untapped potential due to the athletic talents he possesses at his size.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers
Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado. I've made this connection before, and it probably won't be the last time. Oliver is a burner on the outside who flashed plus ball skills during his illustrious career at Colorado. He'd help to round out a Pittsburgh defense that's on the rise.

30. Philadelphia Eagles
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU. This is a best-player-available pick for the Eagles, a team without many roster holes. Guice might be better between the tackles than Barkley. He has serious No. 1 running back ability.

31. New England Patriots
Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas. Jefferson needs to be coached up on next-level linebacker skills like block-shedding and recognizing routes in coverage. He's a supremely talented athlete and can be a useful A-gap blitzer at around 240 pounds.

32. Minnesota Vikings
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan. The Vikings got remarkable play from Case Keenum in 2017, and he was a marvel drifting away from pressure in the pocket. To help improve the blocking up front, Minnesota takes Okorafor, an athletic offensive tackle who's equally as good in pass protection as he is road grading for the run.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:34 am 
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Oliver is a bit of an overage prospect for the Steelers to be considering in Round One. Not really their M.O.


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Another one I wanted to share....https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/new ... n-barkley/

1. Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold, QB, USC. I still think the Browns will add a quarterback in free agency and wouldn't be surprised if that guy is Alex Smith. Darnold's excellent skill set could be harnessed in his first year in the NFL and learning from Smith would be ideal for him and the future of the Browns organization.

2. New York Giants
Connor Williams, OT Texas. GM Dave Gettleman gave quite a vote of confidence to Eli Manning, and the former was a part of the Giants organization a good chunk of Eli's prime, so it's not as if he's not tied to the quarterback. Williams is coming off an injury but had outstanding tape in 2016 at the left tackle spot.

3. Indianapolis Colts
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. The offensive line is probably a bigger priority right now, and the Colts can address that in free agency. With Barkley, they get a fun, elite-level skill-position player to take pressure off Andrew Luck in his return from the sidelines.

4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans)
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. A mammoth offensive lineman with premier blocking skills and improving pass-protecting sets, Brown is the perfect player to be groomed for the left tackle position behind Joe Thomas.

5. Denver Broncos
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. There's a chance the Broncos trade up a few spots to secure Rosen, but in this mock without trades, they land him at No. 5, which isn't far-fetched anyway, especially if he gets past the Giants at No. 2. Rosen has been an alpha quarterback since high school, something John Elway knows a lot about.

6. New York Jets
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. Mayfield doesn't come without controversy, from his off-field mishap to his on-field celebrations. The truth is that he was an super-efficient passer at Oklahoma and has moxie that'll be fun for fans in New York City.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. I'll be surprised if it's not a pass-rusher or cornerback here for the Buccaneers, and while Minkah Fitzpatrick is appealing, Chubb's ready to be a star immediately in the NFL and will significantly help the back-end players in Tampa.

8. Chicago Bears
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. The nightmare with Kevin White doesn't stop the Bears from picking Sutton here, a 6-foot-4 wideout with open-field elusiveness and jump-ball dominance. Mitchell Trubisky gets the top receiver he needs.

9. San Francisco 49ers
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame. The Jimmy Garoppolo era is ready to take off for a full season in San Francisco, and with Nelson, the 49ers get the blocker with the most impressive collegiate film in the 2018 class. He'll help the run game and limit pressure up the middle on Jimmy G.

10. Oakland Raiders
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. Derrick Brooks was a key cog in Gruden's legendary Buccaneers defense, and while Smith has a long way to go before reaching Brooks-level status, he brings a Brooks-like combination of speed and power at the inside linebacker spot.

11. Miami Dolphins
Derwin James, S, Florida State. The Dolphins are shifting to a secondary with athleticism and length. Xavien Howard came into his own down the stretch, and Cordrea Tankersley looks like a capable No. 2 cornerback. At safety, Reshad Jones is underrated but he'll be 30 next month. James is a do-everything safety prospect.

12. Cincinnati Bengals
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame. McGlinchey is ready to pave lanes for the run game in the NFL right now, and with some coaching, he can be a serviceable pass-blocker. Cincinnati's defense is playoff-caliber, it just needs to control the line of scrimmage on offense like it did early in the Andy Dalton era.

13. Washington Redskins
Taven Bryan, DL, Florida. Bryan is likely to be a draft riser after what should be a strong showing at the combine. With the amount of sub-packages featured up front in today's NFL, a player who's comfortable getting to the quarterback from any spot on the line is very valuable.

14. Green Bay Packers
Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma. With Jordy Nelson nearing the end of his career, the Packers could use more offensive weaponry for the return of Aaron Rodgers. Andrews is a matchup nightmare at 6-foot-5 with impressive athletic gifts after the catch.

15. Arizona Cardinals
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA. The Cardinals are another team that could be in the veteran quarterback market, and even if they don't find their sure-fire starter in free agency, they go the best-player-available route here with Miller, a pro-ready pass blocker with high upside due to his athletic talents.

16. Baltimore Ravens
Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama. Ozzie Newsome again dips into the pool of prospects at his alma mater to find Fitzpatrick, an ultra-versatile back-seven player with refined blitzing capabilities, length to cover big receivers, and the physical talents to range from the deep middle to the sideline. He and Marlon Humphrey are reunited in Baltimore.

17. Los Angeles Chargers
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. The Chargers plan ahead to improve the middle of their defense with Wilkins, a wide block-eater who can also disengage to make impact tackles against the run and occasionally get after the quarterback.

18. Seattle Seahawks
Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa. The Seahawks need to rebuild parts of their famed defense, and Jackson is the type of long, tenacious cornerback who'd fit wonderfully as an eventual replacement for Richard Sherman.

19. Dallas Cowboys
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State. The Cowboys go with speed on the outside in Round 1 with Washington. Dez Bryant needs someone like his fellow Oklahoma State alum to draw double coverage away from him. Washington's presence will benefit Dak Prescott too.

20. Detroit Lions
Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. The Lions stay close to home with the Michigan product. Hurst could've entered the 2017 draft, and he probably would've gotten picked in one of the first three rounds. Instead, he stayed in school and fine-tuned his game. He'll star in Detroit right away.

21. Buffalo Bills
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State. Rudolph checks the experience and production boxes Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane like, and they don't have to trade up to get him. He'll have to learn the footwork that's needed when taking snaps from under center, but he's a pocket quarterback first who refined his game in his last season in Stillwater.

22. Buffalo Bills from Chiefs
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. Davenport has all the tools to be a consistent havoc-wreaker off the edge, and Buffalo needs to bolster it's pass-rush. The University of Texas at San Antonio product isn't very raw, either. In college, he displayed a wide variety of counter moves to get to the quarterback, and he's a long, twitchy athlete.

23. Los Angeles Rams
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State. With Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman due to hit free agency, Los Angeles bolsters its secondary with a smaller but productive cornerback in Ward. He thrived in the spotlight in Columbus after the departures of Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley in 2017.

24. Carolina Panthers
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. Ridley is probably the best wideout when it comes to creating separation in the entire class, and that skill is precisely what Carolina needs for Cam Newton to not be forced into a plethora of tight-window throws each game.

25. Tennessee Titans
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma. Okoronkwo atones for his lack of size with explosiveness, bend, and active hands around the corner. He'll be a multi-role player for Dick Lebeau and can be an efficient pass rusher instantly.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. The old-school ways of Tom Coughlin lead him in Allen's direction, and with a stout defense in Jacksonville, the Wyoming product won't have to be a franchise savior right away for the Jaguars.

27. Atlanta Falcons
Vita Vea, DT, Washington. Vea can play high at times, yet that's really his only flaw as a prospect. He's NFL strong, uses his hands extraordinarily well and is essentially immovable at 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds.

28. New Orleans Saints
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech. Edmunds is the type of linebacker the Saints needs, as he can play all three second-level positions and has plenty of untapped potential due to the athletic talents he possesses at his size.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers
Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado. I've made this connection before, and it probably won't be the last time. Oliver is a burner on the outside who flashed plus ball skills during his illustrious career at Colorado. He'd help to round out a Pittsburgh defense that's on the rise.

30. Philadelphia Eagles
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU. This is a best-player-available pick for the Eagles, a team without many roster holes. Guice might be better between the tackles than Barkley. He has serious No. 1 running back ability.

31. New England Patriots
Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas. Jefferson needs to be coached up on next-level linebacker skills like block-shedding and recognizing routes in coverage. He's a supremely talented athlete and can be a useful A-gap blitzer at around 240 pounds.

32. Minnesota Vikings
Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan. The Vikings got remarkable play from Case Keenum in 2017, and he was a marvel drifting away from pressure in the pocket. To help improve the blocking up front, Minnesota takes Okorafor, an athletic offensive tackle who's equally as good in pass protection as he is road grading for the run.

I'll be pissed if the Rats nab Fitzpatrick :evil:

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Heres another one to pick apart. This one I do like the best of the few I've posted. 5 QB's going in the 1st RND sounds feasible. Also the likelihood of Seattle wanting to trade down could benefit the Steelers too. Not that they would be interested in trading up (very few picks this year themselves) but another team could take a player that could push a more coveted player down to them.

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1. Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold, QB, USC. I expect the Browns to scout this QB class thoroughly and take whichever guy they settle on at No. 1, but it wouldn't be all that surprising if they brought in a bridge QB while their new franchise signal-caller develops. Give the Browns an Alex Smith/Sam Bradford type for 2018, plus Darnold and another blue-chipper at No. 4, and things start to get interesting for the perennial punching bag.

2. New York Giants
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. The Giants should attack their offensive-line issues aggressively, but picking this high in this draft, a quarterback should be priority No. 1 if the right one is on the board. It wouldn't shock me to see the Giants work out a trade to move up one spot, especially if we start to hear reports of the Browns leaning toward the UCLA QB despite his disinterest in playing in Cleveland. The period of time between the combine and the start of free agency is going to be fascinating for this team; imagine if the Giants move up to No. 1 and also trade Eli Manning to a team like the Jaguars during the first week of March.

3. Indianapolis Colts
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. Barkley is likely the top talent in the draft this year and a decent bet to go No. 1 overall despite the position he plays. The Colts will be looking for a new bell-cow back despite there being no proof that Frank Gore isn't a warlock who has defeated the slow march of time, and if Barkley is there at No. 3, he could be the top name on the board for the Colts. It wouldn't be too shocking to see them go pass-rusher or offensive lineman either.

4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans)
Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS, Alabama. Fitzpatrick is the perfect free safety for today's game, and he's versatile enough to play center field or come down in the box as needed. His coverage abilities are also good enough to try him at cornerback, and whichever teams drafts him should seriously consider going that route. In Cleveland, he gives the Browns coverage ability at the safety position, something they're desperately missing. Trust new GM John Dorsey to know how much of a difference an elite free safety can make after he hit a home run with Eric Berry in 2014.

5. Denver Broncos
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame. The Broncos clearly need to do something about the QB position, but they shouldn't force it if one of the top two prospects doesn't fall to No. 5. The smart thing would be to add a veteran as a short-term starter and then use a Day 2 pick on a quarterback like Josh Allen or Mason Rudolph to develop, with the option of trading back into the first round for either. No. 5 overall is high for a guard, but Nelson is likely one of the top-five players at any position in this class. Put him on a line with Ronald Leary, Matt Paradis and a developing Garett Bolles, and you're putting whoever is at QB in a better position to succeed.

6. New York Jets
Arden Key, DE/LB, LSU. The Jets have needs up and down the roster, so expect them to go best player available with this pick. In terms of talent, that should be Key, who has the ability to be a special pass-rusher on the outside despite dealing with various injuries throughout the season. The Jets are always interested in adding cornerstones to their defense, and Key should fit right in with Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams to give the team one of the rising defensive units in the game, provided the Jets aren't scared away by his off-field red flags.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. The Buccaneers could go one of a few ways with this pick, nabbing Barkley if he makes it out of the top six or fortifying the offensive line by finally upgrading over Donovan Smith. But when you're looking at both value and need, Chubb is the perfect fit at No. 7. He's a dominant edge-rusher that gives high effort on nearly every play. With 10 sacks and more than 20 tackles for loss in each of his last two seasons for NC State, he's the perfect guy to come in and take the Bucs defense to another level.

8. Chicago Bears
Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson. If the Bears re-sign Mitch Unrein, or if Key or Chubb make it to No. 8, the Bears are probably going to go in a different direction. But with how the board plays out here, Wilkins would seemingly be a great fit as a 3-4 base end that can kick inside in nickel downs and be just as effective getting into the backfield. New coach Matt Nagy may want to give Mitchell Trubisky a new No. 1 weapon, but that strategy makes most sense after a trade down. Any team targeting a quarterback may want to give Chicago a call if their desired prospect is still on the board here.

9. San Francisco 49ers
Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa. The 49ers landed a franchise quarterback in a deadline deal with the Patriots, and that provides the freedom to go any number of directions with this pick. Here, they get a potential shutdown cornerback to add to a young, improving secondary. Between Jackson, 2017 third-round pick Ahkello Witherspoon and K'Waunn Williams, the 49ers would have the ability to match up with most passing games on the back end.

10. Oakland Raiders
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State. Even though offensive guru Jon Gruden is in town, the Raiders should be targeting best defender available with this pick. The Raiders can save $14.5 million by cutting Sean Smith and David Amerson in the offseason, and if they can get T.J. Carrie re-signed after his standout year, having him, 2017 first-rounder Gareon Conley and the speedy Ward at the cornerback position instantly makes the Raiders younger, cheaper and flat-out better at an area of need.

11. Miami Dolphins
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. Consider this more of a value play than filling an immediate need. Ferrell is coming off a great performance against Alabama that caps a season that included 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. With Cam Wake on the tail end of his career, Ferrell gives the Dolphins someone to pair with Charles Harris and provide pass rushing off the edge for the foreseeable future.

12. Cincinnati Bengals
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame. The Bengals have to come out of this draft with a better plan for their offensive line after the disaster of 2017, and McGlinchey is a great step in the right direction. He has proven himself against some of the country's best edge-rushers during his Notre Dame career, and he'll improve both the pass- and run-blocking for a team that desperately needs it. This would be a great spot for the Bengals to trade down as well and pick up multiple picks to address the line.

13. Washington Redskins
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. Will the Redskins get Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term deal? It's hard to imagine something finally giving way after years of stalled negotiations. The team can get by with franchise-tagging him one more time but they need a plan going forward if it's not going to be Cousins. Allen needs some work before he can step onto an NFL field, but his upside is tantalizing enough for a team that can redshirt him for a year to grab him.

14. Green Bay Packers
Derwin James, SS, Florida State. The Packers drafted Josh Jones in the second round in 2017 to take over for Morgan Burnett after the latter left in free agency, but Jones didn't put enough on tape to just be handed the job this offseason. Considering the great value the Packers get with James here, relegating Jones to a reserve role long term makes sense. James should be a great fit as an in-the-box safety to complement Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the Packers' defensive backfield.

15. Arizona Cardinals
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. It's possible the Cardinals could have their QB of the future locked up before the draft, but if they decline to hand a big-money contract to someone in free agency, they should be positioned to grab someone in the second-tier of signal-callers this year after just missing out on the top three names in the last draft. Jackson seems to be a polarizing prospect that could come off the board in a wide rage of possibilities, but if no one ahead of this spot falls in love with the former Heisman winner, I think this could be his floor.

16. Baltimore Ravens
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. Ozzie Newsome obviously loves to grab Alabama prospects in the draft, and here's a guy that also fills a major need for the team. Ridley is so much more than his pedestrian college stats suggest, and while teams will give him a pass for his production in that offense, he'll need to show the ability to bulk up a bit if he wants to jump into the top half of the first round. By placing him here, I think he'll check that box for teams just fine.

17. Los Angeles Chargers
Vita Vea, DT, Washington. The Chargers have a pair of beasts on the edge to rush the passer, but too many times this year they were done in by the run, giving up a league-worst 4.9 yards per carry as six opponents topped 150 rushing yards against them this season. Vea, a massive presence in the middle of a defensive line, will go a long way toward fixing that deficiency, while also providing enough quickness to penetrate into the backfield on some third downs.

18. Seattle Seahawks
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA. The thing to know about the Seahawks' first-round pick is that they currently don't have any picks on Day 2, so it makes the most sense for them to look to trade down a bit and pick up a second- or third-round pick to help address potential needs on the offensive line, defensive line and secondary. If they do deal down, Davenport should be a prime target to address a need at defensive end if Michael Bennett isn't brought back, which he seems to expect. That is, if someone earlier than here doesn't fall in love with the big edge rusher first.

19. Dallas Cowboys
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. The offensive line is obviously one of the Cowboys' strengths, but it's also not without its weak spots. La'El Collins struggled at the right tackle spot this year, and bringing in an excellent right-tackle prospect would allow him to kick inside and improve the two weaker spots on an otherwise outstanding line. Brown might not be able to handle the best speed rushers in the league, but he should serve as a long-term starter at right tackle and give the Cowboys line the boost it needs to get back to dominance.

20. Detroit Lions
Roquan Smith, OLB, Georgia. If this draft happened 10 years ago, Smith would be a near-certainty to be taken in the top 10, but with the de-emphasizing of the linebacker position in the draft nowadays, he could make it down to No. 20, where the Lions would be smart to spend a second straight first-round pick on a linebacker. Smith has outstanding speed at the position, and he should immediately replace free-agent Tahir Whitehead as a difference maker at the second level for Detroit.

21. Buffalo Bills
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. Given that the Bills have back-to-back picks at 21 and 22, it's entirely possible they shoot up in the draft to grab a Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen. But if they stand pat, Mayfield is likely the best they can hope for to address the position if they move on from Tyrod Taylor during the offseason. Mayfield has an excellent arm and should be a good fit in Rick Dennison's offense in Buffalo, though he's far from a finished product and will likely go through some growing pains in Year 1.

22. Buffalo Bills from Chiefs
Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. The Bills traded Marcell Dareus during the season and Kyle Williams is a free agent. That makes defensive tackle one of their major needs heading into the offseason. If the Bills aren't put off by Hurst's size, which comes in a little small for his position, I expect him to be the pick here. He should be a scheme fit, and his quickness has the chance to overwhelm interior offensive linemen at the next level.

23. Los Angeles Rams
Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn. With Trumaine Johnson heading to free agency unless the Rams can work out a long-term deal, cornerback should be a need for the team heading into the draft. Davis brings similar size to Johnson at the position, and if he runs well at the combine, he could end up much higher than this when all is said and done.

24. Carolina Panthers
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. The Panthers cut ties with one tall receiver when they shipped Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills, and now they replace him with the 6-foot-4 Sutton, who should go much higher than this if he tests well during the combine. Sutton put together back-to-back seasons of 1,000 yards and 10 TDs, and he scored 32 times in all in his three seasons with the Mustangs. He'll give Cam Newton a great replacement for Benjamin in the offense.

25. Tennessee Titans
Taven Bryan, DE, Florida. Jurrell Casey is one of the league's premier 3-4 defensive ends, but he could lose DaQuan Jones as a linemate due to free agency. Enter Bryan, who has drawn some lofty J.J. Watt comparisons. Don't expect him to reach Watt's level -- that's nearly impossible for anyone -- but Bryan should be an excellent fit as Casey's running mate.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars
Connor Williams, OT, Texas. The Jaguars would be wise to bring in a potential franchise left tackle after watching Cam Robinson struggle at the position this year, and Williams could fit the bill. Some analysts think he's a lock for the top 10, while others can't imagine him being taken in the first round. In the end, his potential on the blind side is too great for the Jaguars to pass on.

27. Atlanta Falcons
Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama. The Falcons benefited from the great play of Dontari Poe after signing him as a free agent last year, but that was just a one-year deal and Poe should be able to cash in this offseason. Payne brings the same potential, both as a massive presence inside on the defensive line and occasionally on offense. Though nose tackles aren't hot commodities in the draft, Payne is well worth being a first-round pick, especially after his College Football Playoff performance.

28. New Orleans Saints
Malik Jefferson, OLB, Texas. The Saints should be happy with the play of Manti Te'o in the middle, but they need to surround him with more talent at the position. Enter Jefferson, a top recruit coming out of high school who has the sideline-to-sideline speed to stick on the weakside and play all three downs for the Saints on their young, rising defense.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers
Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama. The inside linebacker position tragically became one of need when Ryan Shazier suffered a catastrophic injury against the Bengals during a Monday night game. While Shazier focuses on his health, the team must find an answer inside. That could come in the form of Evans, a versatile linebacker who can cover in the passing game but take on blockers while attacking the running back as well.

30. Philadelphia Eagles
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA. It's not a lock that Jason Peters is the same player after suffering an ACL and MCL tear in 2017, which is a major injury for any player not to mention a guy who will be 36 when the 2018 season begins. Whether Peters returns or not, the Eagles should be thinking long-term about the tackle spot, and that means drafting a quality right-tackle prospect like Miller and shifting Lane Johnson to the left side.

31. New England Patriots
Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College. Bill Belichick, here's your new Jamie Collins. While Landry is nowhere near the run defender as Collins, he would give the Patriots a boost in getting after the quarterback, which they showed is a concern by bringing in linebacker James Harrison late in the season. Landry can give them that type of player regularly moving forward and should be an excellent chess piece for the Genius.

32. Minnesota Vikings
Billy Price, G, Ohio State. Assuming the Vikings figure out what to do with their free-agent quarterbacks heading into the draft, Price would be a great target for them as a potential replacement for Joe Berger inside. Price would be one of the better starting centers in the league, so the Vikings have the option of sticking him at the pivot immediately and having Pat Elflein compete at a guard spot.

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